Wedding Cakes Worth Celebrating

See 20 Beautiful Weddings Cakes
See the Warrenwood Manor blog for 20 beautiful wedding cakes

Warning:  Viewing these beautiful wedding cakes may cause intense sweet treat cravings.  You’ve been warned, but I promise it will be worth it because these cakes are gorgeous.  Enjoy!

d Wedding Cake with ivory ranuculus
Three-tier textured ivory wedding cake with eucalyptus and roses
Three-tier ivory wedding cake with navy ribbon and bright florals
Textured three-tier ivory wedding cake with soft pink flowers
Rosette textured single-tier wedding cake with wood laser cut cake topper
Pale pink and ivory two-tier wedding cake with spray roses
Two-tier naked layered wedding cake with laser cut topper and berries
Two-tier naked layered wedding cake with farm fresh flowers
Two-tiered textured ivory wedding cake with pennant banner cake topper
Two-tier ivory cake with love birds on top
Single-tier textured wedding cake on wood slice with copper wire cake topper
Three-tier ivory wedding cake with light pink ribbon, laser cut cake topper and roses
Three-tier ivory wedding cake with pink spray roses and greenery on a gold cake stand
Three-tier ivory textured wedding cake with burgundy flowers on gold cake stand
Ivory two-tier textured wedding cake with laser cut cake topper and pink flowers
Ivory three-tier textured wedding cake with laser cut cake topper on sliver cake stand
Ivory naked layered wedding cake on wood slice
Ivory three-tier wedding cake with silver initial cake topper and silver cake stand
Blush and Ivory four-tier wedding cake with rosette texture on silver cake stand
Ivory three-tier wedding cake with gold topper and cake stand with lots of flowers
Rustic ivory two-tier wedding cake with flowers

The central Kentucky area has so many talented bakers.  Sweets by Cindy, Martine’s Pastries, Sweet LiLu’s, Tinker’s Cake Shop and Confused Confections Bakehouse have all provide cakes, cupcakes and/or desserts at Warrenwood Manor.  I know we have not given every baker proper credit for their above cake(s) so if you made one of these cakes please comment below with your information.  We want to make sure to support all the vendors that make our events possible.

Cake photos were taken by the following photographers (top to bottom, left to right):

A Romantic Southern Wedding: Mary + Dan

In September of 2016, Mary and Dan celebrated their marriage at Warrenwood Manor in a stately southern affair.  Throughout the event charming, romantic touches brought personality to the timeless aesthetic of a blush, navy and white color palette.  Every detail was fitting for this couple.  In front of the cottage, Mary and Dan tied the knot in a ceremony that truly honored their strong religious foundation.  Then they danced the night away in an upbeat barn reception.  This sweet couple perfectly balanced fun and faith on their special day!

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Warrenwood Manor - Central Kentucky Wedding Venue
Sweetheart cut wedding dress with illustion neck and lace details in Warrenwood Bridal Suite
Classic gold wedding rings on white rose
Gold Bridal Accessories
Bridal Party in Floral Rompers at Warrenwood Manor
Bride in sweetheart cut wedding dress with illusion neck
Classic bridal hair and makeup
Classic bridal hair and makeup
Bridal Party in mismatched blush dresses
Bride at Warrenwood Manor farm wedding
Bridal Party in flowy blush dresses with garden bouquets
Bridal Party in flowy blush dresses with garden bouquets
Bridal Portrait with ivory and greenery bouquet at Warrenwood Manor
Groom getting ready for wedding at Warrenwood Manor, a central Kentucky wedding venue
Groom's accessories bring personality to his wedding day at Warrenwood
Groom with his groomsmen dressed in navy and white
Crazy socks worn by Groomsmen at charming southern estate wedding
Classy southern groomsmen in navy and white for estate wedding
Classic Southern Groom in Navy and white with polka dot bow tie
Classic Southern Groom in Navy and white with polka dot bow tie
Classic Southern Groom in Navy and white with polka dot bow tie
Bride & Groom before ceremony at Warrenwood Manor
Prayer before classic southern wedding ceremony
Timelessly Romantic Southern Wedding at Warrenwood Manor
Guestbook Table with Kentucky shaped wooden guestbook
Sime & Timeless Wedding Program
Timeless Southern Flower Girls with floral crowns
Bride & her father walk to timeless southern ceremony
Bride & her father walk down aisle of timeless southern ceremony
Blush, Navy & White wedding ceremony at Warrenwood Manor
Timelessly Romantic Southern Wedding Ceremony of Navy, Blush and White
Timelessly Romantic Southern Wedding Ceremony of Navy, Blush and White
Charming Southern Wedding with wood aisle signs
Timelessly Romantic Southern Wedding Ceremony of Navy, Blush and White
Timelessly Romantic Southern Wedding Ceremony of Navy, Blush and White
Timelessly Romantic Southern Wedding Ceremony of Navy, Blush and White
Timelessly Southern Couple at Warrenwood Manor wedding ceremony
Charming Southern Wedding Party at Warrenwood Manor. Blush, Navy & White wedding attire.
Dog with eucalyptus colar for the wedding at Warrenwood Manor
Historic Southern Estate Wedding at Warrenwood Manor in Kentucky
Timelessly Romantic Southern Bride & Groom
Timelessly Romantic Southern Bride & Groom
Timelessly Romantic Southern Bride & Groom
Timelessly Romantic Southern Bride & Groom at farm wedding
Timelessly Romantic Southern Bride & Groom
Timelessly Romantic Southern Bride & Groom
Bud vase centerpieces with white florals and eucalyptus at southern barn wedding
Head Table at Classy Southern Barn Wedding
Bud vase centerpieces with white florals and eucalyptus at classy southern barn wedding
Layered naked cake on ivory cake stand with ivory ranuculus on top
Bride & Groom cut cake at classy southern barn wedding at Warrenwood Manor
Bride & Groom cut cake at classy southern barn wedding at Warrenwood Manor
First Dance as Mr. & Mrs. at barn reception at Warrenwood Manor in Kentucky
Barn reception at Warrenwood Manor in Kentucky
Sparkler Sendoff from Timelessly Romatic Southern wedding at Warrenwood Manor

Do you want to have your wedding at Warrenwood Manor?  We’re now booking events for 2018!  Check out our website for more information then contact us to arrange a tour.

A Rustic Country Farm Wedding | Kaylon + John

Kaylon and John’s summer wedding was just so perfect I can’t even explain it!  Kaylon knew exactly what she wanted for her big day from the very beginning and she made it happen in a big way. It was so awesome to see so many great people come together to make this wedding special. Really, the best part of my job is getting to know couples, their friends, and family. I loved working with Kaylon and John and getting to know those who love them most was a true joy! From their cowboy boots to their sparkler send off, this rustic farm wedding was just perfection from beginning to end!

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Casual coral bridesmaid dress hanging in the Warrenwood Bridal Suite
Wedding dress hanging in historic Warrenwood Manor
Bridesmaids boots for a rustic country wedding at Warrenwood Manor, a central Kentucky wedding venue.
Photo of Bride's accessories in Warrenwood Bridal Suite
Bride getting ready in bridal suite at Warrenwood Manor
Bridal party in monogrammed button downs and leggings
Rustic Country bridal party in cowboy boots and coral dresses
Rustic country bridal party portrait at farm wedding in central Kentucky
Bridal Portrait with southern charm and rustic elegance at Warrenwood Manor, a Kentucky wedding venue.
Bride dressed in a sweetheart cut mermaid dress with soft airy veil
Country Rustic Bride in mermaid dress train in historic Warrenwood Manor, a Kentucky wedding venue.
Country Rustic Bride in mermaid dress train in historic Warrenwood Manor, a Kentucky wedding venue.
Country Rustic Bride in mermaid dress with train during farm wedding in central Kentucky
Country rustic bridal bouquet of baby's breath, coral roses and coral gerber daisies with burlap wrap
Rustic country flower girl and ring bearer at Warrenwood Manor wedding
Southern charm groom dressed in light khaki with light blue tie and gerber daisy boutonniere
Southern rustic charm groomsmen in light khaki suits at Warrenwood Manor
Groom dressed for southern rustic country wedding in central Kentucky
Rustic country wedding party in coral, khaki and blue
Outdoor rustic country wedding ceremony in the back yard at Warrenwood Manor with bourbon barrels
Daisies and baby's breath in mason jar on shepard's hooks for aisle at rustic country outdoor wedding
Rustic country alter table at Warrenwood Manor outdoor farm ceremony
Rustic country outdoor ceremony at Warrenwood Manor, a Kentucky wedding venue.
Rustic country outdoor ceremony at Warrenwood Manor, a Kentucky wedding venue.
Rustic country outdoor ceremony at Warrenwood Manor, a Kentucky wedding venue.
Rustic country outdoor ceremony at Warrenwood Manor, a Kentucky wedding venue.
Rustic Country Bride & Groom in Warrenwood Manor barn
Rustic Country Bride & Groom portrait in front of historic rural estate, Warrenwood Manor
Rustic Country Bride & Groom portrait at historic rural estate, Warrenwood Manor
Rustic Country Bride & Groom portrait in historic mansion on rural Kentucky estate, Warrenwood Manor
Kentucky barn wedding venue
Rustic country barn wedding reception at Kentucky wedding venue
First dance at rustic country barn wedding reception
Wedding decor- mason jar glasses for wedding reception
Rustic country table setting with wood table numbers and baby'sbreath in blue mason jars at Warrenwood Manor barn
Bouquet toss at rustic country wedding at Warrenwood Manor, a Kentucky wedding venue.
Cake cutting at rustic country wedding reception
Sparkler sendoff from rustic country barn wedding at Warrenwood Manor

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Your Wedding Ceremony, Your Way

Visit the Warrenwood Manor blog for tips on how to personalize your wedding ceremony. Make your wedding ceremony special with these unique ceremony ideas and tips.
Visit the Warrenwood Manor blog for tips on how to personalize your wedding ceremony. Make your wedding ceremony special with these unique ceremony ideas and tips.

A wedding ceremony can be vastly different from one couple to the next, but there are certain traditions that have withstood the test of time.  You’ll definitely want to exchange rings, state your vows and share your first kiss.  Even so, there is room for personality in every ceremony.  Your ceremony can be short and sweet or lovingly longer.  It can be formal or casual.  It can be religious or non-denominational.  The look, tone, and content of your ceremony can and should be personalized to fit you and your fiance.

The Look

Create a style for your wedding ceremony that represents who you and your fiance are as a couple.  For example, if you’re simple and earthy have an outdoor ceremony with minimal decor.  If you prefer a more polished, sophisticated look, opt for an indoor wedding ceremony with a classic color palette and more elaborate florals.  Consider the following factors as you decide on a look for your event.

  • Location:  This is the single most influential decision you will make for the look of your ceremony.  Do you have a “special place” you want to get married?  If you want your ceremony outside, do you want it in a field, a garden, by the lake or under a tree?  If you want it indoors, do you like the look of a museum, warehouse, hotel ballroom, barn or historic home?  There are so many options, you just have to determine what fits you and your event best.
  • Type of Seating:  Hay bales, benches, folding chairs, mismatched antique chairs, and church pews all give a different vibe to your ceremony.  Decide what goes with the atmosphere you are trying to create.
  • Decor:  Ceremony decor can include a guestbook table, aisle decor, alter decor as well as many other miscellaneous items.  Including decor that means something to you, like Grandpa’s writing desk as the ceremony table, can really bring personality to your ceremony look.  Remember more is more, but less is more sometimes too. (Does that make sense? Haha)  Also, choose florals that reflect what you like.  Some people just don’t like roses, for example, and it is totally fine not to use them.
  • Wedding Party Attire:  You can really make a statement with what you and your wedding party wear during the ceremony.  The color palette, pattern, style, and level of formality accent the look of your ceremony.
Intimate Indoor Ceremony at Warrenwood Manor
Intimate Indoor Ceremony at Warrenwood Manor. Photo by Cassie Lopez Photography.

The Tone

Tone can be further described as the mood, the feel or the atmosphere of an event.  The two major elements that contribute to the tone of your wedding ceremony are your music and your officiant.

  • Music:  Choose music that means something to you.  For example, I had “Amazing Grace” play during the unity ceremony at my wedding.  Everyone says it’s a funeral song, but it is one of mine and my grandmother’s favorite songs, so now it’s a wedding song!  The song playing during your exit is a great opportunity to show some personality.  You can also have family or friends preform during the ceremony for another personal touch.
  • Officiant:   The officiant you choose will set the tone for how religious or not your ceremony will be.  Go with a church pastor, youth minister, religion professor or priest if you want a traditional service.  There are many other options if you want a more non-denominational ceremony.  Either way, it is usually best to choose an officiant that knows you well; it helps calm the nerves.  Make sure you discuss whether or not you want stories, jokes and audience participation included in your ceremony.
Bride and Groom during their southern glam barn wedding ceremony
Rustic southern glam barn wedding. Photo by Legacy Art Photography & Videography.

The Content

The substance of your wedding ceremony says a lot about what you and your fiance care about and the message you want to send the world about the commitment you are making to each other.  That sounds intense, but your officiant should be able to guide you through the process.

  • Readings: Pick quotes and/or Bible verses that you love.  It can be the quote on your fridge magnet that you live by every day, a lyric from a favorite song or something that’s stuck with you from a book you read years ago.  Your officiant can help you if you don’t have a set quote in mind but know the essence of what you are trying to say.
  • Your Vows:  Some of you may opt to personalize vows by writing your own.  This takes time and thought, but allows you to say exactly what you want.  For those of you that tend to get emotional or think you may get really nervous, it may be best to stick with vows provided by your officiant.
  • Unity Ceremony:  A unity ceremony symbolizes the union of two individuals into one marriage.  Not everyone decides to do a unity ceremony during their ceremony, but if you like the idea, you have a lot of different options.  For example, you can do a candle lighting, mix colored sand or water, plant a tree, break a loaf bread or braid a cord of three strands.  We’ve even had a couple take a shot of bourbon for their unity ceremony!  You can be as creative as you want or go with a classic option.

My number one piece of advice for you is to be unapologetically yourself.   Don’t give in to outside pressures to portray an idealized version of yourself for your guests.  Embrace your individuality and your identity as a couple by personalizing your ceremony to your taste.  It’s okay to adhere to standard practices, but empower yourself to skip any tradition that you don’t like, don’t believe in or don’t care about.

Feature photo by Jessica Moore Photography.

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Blogworthy Warrenwood Weddings

We’ve been blessed to have some amazing photographers and videographers shoot weddings at Warrenwood Manor.  Each has their own style and personality.  I love to see the variety of settings, lighting, poses and content photographers choose to capture the essence of a wedding day.  A great way to get a feel for the work of a photographer is to check out their online portfolio and blog.  Here, we have shared blog posts in which photographers showcase their work from Warrenwood Manor.  Enjoy!

Leah Barry Photography: Mary + Dan

Dapper Southern Groomsmen, Photo by Leah Barry Photography

Rainwater Photography: Kaylon + John

Southern charm bride & groom in entry hall of Warrenwood Manor, Photo by Rainwater Photography

Cassie Lopez Photography:

Olivia + Bryan, Megan + Jason, Megan + Ron and Stacey + Christian

Bride & Groom at summer farm wedding, Photo by Cassie Lopez Photography

Sarah Katherine Davis Photography: Annmarie + Ethan

Bride & Groom in Green Pasture at Warrenwood Manor, Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis Photography

Lindsey McDonald Photography: Shelby + John

Engagement photos in the snow at Warrenwood Manor, Photo by Lindsey McDonald Photography

Love + Lenses : Ben + Alex

Sparkler photo with happy grooms, Photo by Love & Lenses Photography

Honey Heart Photography:  Lisa + Dave

Kentucky summer estate wedding, Photo by Honey Heart Photography

Kevin & Anna Photography:

Heather + Anthony Wedding and Engagement Pictures

Wedding dress hanging in the Warrenwood Manor Bridal Suite, Photo by Kevin & Anna Photography

Wes Brown Photography: Michelle + David and

Emily + Lee Engagement & Wedding Preparations

Couple's Portrait at spring farm wedding, Photo by Wes Brown Photography

Carl S. Miller Wedding Films: Ben + Alex

Couple Hold Hands After Warrenwood Ceremony, Photo by Carl S. Miller Wedding Films

Scott Hayes Productions: Erica + Sam

First look before rustic bohemian outdoor ceremony at Warrenwood Manor, Photo by Scott Hayes Productions

A note to photographers and videographers who have worked at Warrenwood Manor: 

We couldn’t promote our business the way we do without the use of your amazing photos and videos.  We are forever thankful for your generosity and willingness to share.  I’m sure we have accidentally left someone off this list of blogs so we encourage any photographer/videographer to comment below with a link to your Warrenwood Manor work. We’d love to promote and share your work!

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A Blush Southern Glam Wedding | Erin + Scott

I love weddings.  I also love my friends.  So when my good friend, Erin, decided to have her wedding at Warrenwood, it put me on cloud nine!  Erin and I worked together for years in corporate marketing with our offices side-by-side.  I knew her wedding would be fabulous, but she and her now husband, Scott, really brought their “A” game.  On September 12, 2015, Erin and Scott held their ceremony and reception in the barn at Warrenwood Manor.  It was a soft, southern, chic and glamorous event with beautiful florals and a garden wedding vibe.  I love this wedding and I know you will too!

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You’re Invited to Warrenwood Manor’s 2017 Spring Open House Event

You’re invited to:

Warrenwood Manor’s Spring Open House
April 8, 2017
1:00 PM -5:00 PM

EVENT DETAILS

Come tour the Warrenwood Manor property!   Soak up the stunning spring views as you stroll the grounds.  Get a peek inside the historic house and be some of our first guests to see our barn renovation.  Whether you’ve been here a million times or it’s your inaugural visit, you won’t regret your visit.

If you need more convincing, we will also have:

  • Sample ceremony and reception setups will be on display for you to get a feel for what a wedding day is like at the manor.
  • All kinds of wedding professionals will be in attendance for you to meet.
  • Light appetizers and desserts will be provided by some of our favorite wedding vendors for you to taste.

WHO SHOULD COME?

Couples interested in having their wedding at Warrenwood can tour the property and get more information about what Warrenwood has to offer.

Couples already booked to have their wedding at Warrenwood can bring family and friends to show off their venue selection and get their help planning their big day.  This is also a good time to meet with your existing wedding vendors and find any vendors you still need.

Couples who have already had their wedding at Warrenwood can come back to where they tied the knot to reminisce.

Wedding professionals who want to check out what’s new at Warrenwood and mingle with potential clients.

The general public is welcome to come to see what has become of this treasured local landmark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To attend this event, please RSVP by registering on our Eventbrite page.

 

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A Curated Vintage Wedding | Julie + Austin

Sometimes I lose track of time reminiscing about all the beautiful weddings I’ve had the privilege to be a part of and the wonderful people I’ve met along the way.  Running a wedding venue is hard work and when things get tough I motivate myself by reflecting on weddings like that of Julie and Austin.  In the fall of 2015, Julie and Austin along with their family and friends held a refined event at Warrenwood Manor with a curated vintage feel.  Every detail was perfect, from the handpicked farm fresh florals to the heirloom vases and china to the classic getaway car.  The Love Wedding was a beautiful event, but it was the true love, kindness, and thoughtfulness shown by everyone involved that made it so memorable.

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Historic Gothic Villa Wedding Venue
Vintage-inspired wedding invitation and RSVP on bricks with flowers
Dusty Blue and champagne bridesmaids dresses
Gold, Burgandy and Ivory dried Flower Bouquet
Capsleeve bridal gown with Bridal Bouqet and Silver Flats
Bride using mirror to finalize her bridal hair
The Mother of the Bride helping the Bride into her dress
Bride putting in earings in front of large bridal suite windows
Bride in classic and conservative capsleeve bridal gown with veil
Bridesmaid in Mint Dress with Dried Fall Bouquet
Bridal party in green pasture with fall floral bouqets
Informal bridal party photo from farm wedding with fall floral bouqets
Bride dressed in conservative gown with farm backdrop
Fall Bride with timeless dress and perfect wavy hair
Engagement ring and wedding band on decorative home accent
Groom's shoes, bowtie and watch
Groom in groom's quarters of Warrenwood Manor
Dapper groomsmen in suspenders
Groom dressed in light brown three piece suit
groom and groomsmen in a Casual Southern look
Wedding Barn in Central Kentucky
Warrenwood Barn Wedding Ceremony alter and greenery lined curtains
Vintage Wedding Ceremony Program
Groom and Groomsmen await the Bride in barn wedding ceremony
Chandeliers drapped in greenery in the Warrenwood Barn
Vintage Rustic Barn Ceremony in Central Kentucky
Wedding party standing for charming wedding ceremony in a rustic barn
Bride & Groom Exchange Rings
Bride and groom exit vintage rustic barn ceremony
Southern Vintage Wedding Party on Warrenwood Cottage Steps
Wedding party dressed in light brown, mint, champagne and ivory
Portriat of Bride & Groom by pond at Warrenwood Manor
vintage rustic fall farm wedding
Bride & Groom in front of historic Warrenwood Manor
Couple's portrait with farm backdrop
Candid Portrait of Bride & Groom at their Tasteful Fall wedding
Portrait of Bride & Groom at Central Kentucky Farm Venue
Couple on Front Porch of Warrenwood Manor
Flocal floral arrangement in center hall at Warrenwood Manor
Handwritten chalkboard welcome sign with wooden frame
Vintage Ivory Birdcage for Wedding Cards
Unique placecards and wedding favors on moss covered table
Pennant welcome sign on vintage bike with basket of flowers
Guestbook sign in gold vintage sign
Quilt for guests to sign at wedding
Italian Soda Bar Display
Personalized Cocktail Napkins in Burgundy
Sweetheart table with ivory lace overlay and large floral swag
Vintage Wedding Reception Centerpiece with Local Flowers and Old Books
Heirloom table setting with gold chargers and coral napkins
Local in-season flower centerpiece
Handpicked garden blooms as bistro table centerpiece
Heirloom table setting with gold chargers and coral napkins
Eclectic vintage wedding reception
The Wedding Shoe Game
Bride & Groom dance first dance at wedding reception
Lightly frosted two-tier wedding cake with farm fresh florals
Mr. & Mrs. Cutting their cake during vintage estate wedding
vintage fall naked wedding cake details
Rolls-Royce Stunning Classic Vintage Get-away Car for Bride & Groom
Bride & Groom with their classic Rolls-Royce Get-Away Car

Do you want to have your wedding at Warrenwood Manor?  We’re now booking events for 2018!  Check out our website for more information then contact us to arrange a tour.

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14 Stunning Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies

14 Stunning Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies at Warrenwood Manor
14 Stunning Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies at Warrenwood Manor
14 Stunning Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies at Warrenwood Manor
14 Stunning Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies at Warrenwood Manor

The possibilities are endless for outdoor wedding ceremonies.  I have seen so many different styles, setups, and locations used at Warrenwood.  It’s always exciting for me when couples make unique ceremony decisions.  Here is a showcase of some beautiful outdoor ceremonies hosted at Warrenwood Manor.  Enjoy!

Kaylon + John

Kaylon and John exchanged their vows in a backyard ceremony with rustic charm and a touch of country flare. (Photography by Rainwater Photography)

Mary + Dan

Mary and Dan embraced a simple, soft, flowy look for their ceremony on the Warrenwood cottage steps.   (Photography by Leah Barry Photography)

Lindsey + David

Lindsey and David tied the knot under a floral arch of rich fall colors in Warrenwood’s back yard. (Photography by Hilly Photography)

Megan + Ron

Megan and Ron got creative with their ceremony backdrop by hanging ivory drapes and a chandelier on a pond-side tree for a rustic chic look.  (Photography by Cassie Lopez Photography)

Megan + Jason

On a perfect spring day, Megan and Jason got married on the cottage steps with vibrant flowers and lush greenery decorating their ceremony.  (Photography by Cassie Lopez Photography)

Abby + Joe

Abby and Joe designed a classy, flower-laden ceremony complete with elegant, ivory umbrellas for their guests.   (Photography by Grant Aumiller Photography)

Callie + Joseph

Callie and Joseph’s ceremony was a traditional, timeless and classy affair in front of the Warrenwood cottage.  (Photography by Emily Wakin Photography)

Annmarie + Ethan

Annmarie and Ethan went for a simple, vintage vibe for their backyard ceremony.  (Photography by Sarah Katherine Davis Photography)

Emily + Blake

With a large wedding party by their side, Emily and Blake chose to mix vibrant attire with soft florals to create a polished, traditional vintage look. (Photography by Christy Lee Photography)

Caitlin + Tyler

In their early spring nuptials, Caitlin and Tyler created a soft, vintage feel for their ceremony.  (Photography by Honey Heart Photography)

Lisa + David

Lisa and David’s ceremony exuded southern charm with an asymmetrical floral backdrop and greenery-lined aisle. (Photography by Honey Heart Photography)  For more inspiration from this wedding check out our blog post, “Classic Southern Destination Wedding | Lisa + David“.

Erica + Sam

Centered under a huge tree in a lush green pasture, Erica and Sam’s ceremony gave off an organic, boho feel. (Photography by Ben Keeling Photography)  Check out our post, “Rustic Bohemian Brunch Wedding | Erica + Sam“, for more inspiration from this wedding.

Ashley + Matt

Ashley and Matt opted for a classic, patriotic event on the fourth of July. (Photography by Unveiled Studio)

Christina + Jonathan

This simple, preppy southern look was perfect for a warm summer wedding day.  (Photography by Becky Willard Photography)

Couple kiss as they exit their preppy southern chic outdoor ceremony
Vases of baby's breath on bourbon barrel with ceremony programs
Large Wedding Party in lush green field
Wedding Ceremony in front of historic Warrenwood Manor cottage

Do you want to have your wedding at Warrenwood Manor?  We’re now booking events for 2018!  Check out our website for more information then contact us to arrange a tour.

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Wedding & Event Styling 102: 10 Event Styling Tips & Tricks

10 Event Styling Tips
10 Event Styling Tips
10 Event Styling Tips
Pink, Coral and Ivory Bridesmaids' Bouquets
Let Love Grow Tree Favors

As we discussed in our last blog post Wedding & Event Styling 101: The Basics, event styling is the artistic process of mixing shapes, colors, and textures to create a custom and cohesive event look.  Once you’ve mastered the basics, these 10 event styling tips and tricks will keep you sane as you plan the rest of your wedding or event.

#1:  Be Yourself!

Think about what will make your event special, different and personal.  You don’t have to reinvent the wheel with any of your event design decisions, but you do want to have an event that you are proud of, represents you well and makes you happy!  Is it bad that I love it when a bride walks in for a sneak peek of the reception we’ve styled on her behalf and cries because she loves it so much? Because I’m going to be honest, I love that reaction!

#2: Manage your expectations.

Pinterest, blogs and magazines showcase so many jaw-droppingly stunning events, but you have to be realistic about what works with your venue on your budget.  Yes, Kim Kardashian’s floral ceremony backdrop was gorgeous, but it’s really not worth a down payment on a house to have one at your wedding.  And yes, it is really cool to have your cake table suspended from the ceiling (love that idea!), but who will do all that work?

#3:  Timeless is better than trendy.

It is easy to get sucked into the trends of the year.  Everyone has something to say about what is so in or so out now.  Since trends change all the time, don’t ignore timeless style options.  You want to be able to look at your wedding pictures twenty years from now and feel good about the style decisions you made.  If you do choose to embrace something trendy, moderation is key.

#4:  Keep it simple.

Your wedding day isn’t about the flowers, linens or table runners.  It isn’t about a curated guestbook table or an elaborate food display either.  Focus on what really matters to you and forget the rest.  Sure, Pinterest DIY projects seem easy, but the time, cost and planning add up to a stressful to do list.  Keep all the “STUFF” to a minimum so you, your family and your friends can enjoy a stress-free celebration. Or, if those things are super important to you, make sure your budget allows for you to hire helpers.

#5:  It’s not ALL about you.

Your groom may or may not be interested in the planning of your wedding day, but nonetheless don’t forget to consider him in the event design.  Try to do at least one thing that he’ll get excited about.  For example, we had four types of locally-made beef jerky at my informal, afternoon wedding reception because I knew my husband would love it!  Also, don’t forget to consider what your friends and family would love too.

#6:  Trust your vendors.

If you have carefully selected your vendors, they are probably really good at what they do.  Trust them to handle the little details so you don’t have to deal with it.  You have more important things to worry about than providing plates for the appetizers or grabbing lighters for the sparkler send off.  Let the professionals handle it.  Your vendors can also be great resources to help you make the best design decisions for your budget and style.  Be sure to get them all the information they need to do their job.

#7:  Use what you have, borrow what you can and rent the rest.

Don’t feel like you have to rush out and buy a ton of stuff for your wedding.  Most likely you have things around your home that can be used for your wedding.  For example, I used platters I had gotten at a bridal shower to display my reception food.  Since I had registered for these platters they were items I really liked and I saved money by not needing to rent platters.   I also borrowed and rented vases for my centerpieces.  Renting items oftentimes allows you to have nicer items than you could afford to purchase.  If you have to buy an item for your wedding, consider buying a used, refurbished or up-cycled option.

#8:  Spend your money where it counts.

Prioritize spending on areas or items with the greatest impact on the look of your event or the experience of your guests.  You don’t need to decorate every inch of the venue.  Determine your event focal points by thinking about what will be photographed and what will be seen the most.

#9:  Variety is the spice of life!

Things don’t have to be identical to go together.  You can create a more interesting look by combining items with individual character.  For example, it is fine to have all matching centerpieces, but for more visual interest you could mix bud vases, boxed floral arrangements and layered candles for a more complex vibe.

#10:  Stay organized to stay sane.

Keep track of who will be doing what and when.  Don’t underestimate the value of timelines, to-do lists, labels, floor plans, sketches and inspirational images.

I hope these tips come in handy!  I don’t even pretend to know it all, so comment below with other wedding and event styling tips or just tell me about your event styling experience.  I love hearing from you!

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